Last month, my 10 1/2-year-old son — who has Tourette Syndrome and ADHD — was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. I felt he had a lot of tendencies, so I made a visit to a developemental neurologist. Sure enough, I was right. Just add Asperger’s to the list — plus a writing “issue”, graphomotor.
EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the Center for Development and Learning, students with graphomotor problems are frequently called “lazy”, “unmotivated” and/or “oppositional” because they are reluctant to produce written work.
We have had our meetings with the child study team to go ahead with an IEP. We only had a 504 for 1 1/2 years in school. His tics aren’t the main issue in school, it’s the concentration and the writing assignments at home (and hyperactivity once home — tics, too, but still mild).
With some advice from friends, I will try the dye-free diet. My one friend’s son is much calmer since cutting out the dyes in food. I’m just wondering if anyone has tried the dye-free diet, and if so, what has been your experience? Any helpful hints? Favorite foods/snacks? Thank you!
Also, my son is not on medication. We just started multivitamins and Omega-3 fish oil capsules.